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B lock the Rollback, External Users and A New Time Unit

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Nick Cotton Feb 9, 2018

Here’s the news we’re talking about around the Zbra Studios water cooler. We’ve provided key bullet points from each article for the speed readers out there.

22 attorneys general sue to block net neutrality rollback
By Colin Lecher from The Verge
  • “In the first high-profile attempt to block the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality rules through the courts, 22 attorneys general have filed a lawsuit challenging the agency’s repeal plan.”
  • “The lawsuit, brought in front of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, asks the court to determine that the FCC’s repeal is ‘arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion’ under the law. The suit will also argue that the FCC wrongly reclassified broadband as a so-called Title I information service — rather than a Title II service — because of ‘an erroneous and unreasonable interpretation’ of communications law.”
  • “Consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge similarly said in an announcement that it had filed ‘a purely procedural move’ challenging the rule, even though it believed the FCC’s rules still need to be officially published before a suit can be brought.”
Working with External User Researchers: Part I
By Chelsey Glasson, Jeff Sauro, Cory Lebson from A List Apart
  • “You could hire a full-time designer who also has research skills. But a designer usually won’t have the same level of research expertise as a dedicated researcher.”
  • “You could also bring on a researcher in a staff augmentation role, meaning someone who works for you full-time for an extended period of time, but who is not considered a full-time employee.”
  • “If these options don’t sound like a good fit for your needs, hiring an external user researcher on a project-specific basis could be the best solution for you. They give you exactly what you need without additional commitment or other risks”
Facebook invented a new time unit called the ‘flick’ and it’s truly amazing
By Devin Coldewey from Tech Crunch
  • “I was all set to dislike the “flick,” a time unit just recently invented by Facebook (technically the Oculus team), because I thought it was going to be something worthless…”
  • “In fact it’s a very clever way of dividing time that theoretically could make video and audio production much more harmonious.”
  • “ I congratulate this team of genius self-starters for finding this amazing number and creating this potentially super-useful time unit. You can download, fork, or otherwise investigate the flicks format and code over at GitHub.”

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